• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
6m 24s

Apple WWDC 2014: iPhone, iPad updates, “smart home” system and more

By CBS/AP 1:01 PM June 2, 2014

Apple kicked off its 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco today with a slew of new product announcements and updates, most of which will be available in the fall to the general public.

Internet of Things:

Apple announced a much-anticipated move into the ”smart home” technology market. It will allow users to control connected gadgets and appliances from a single digital hub. CNET has a list of various products it will work with, including the Philips Hue lighting system, a weather station, door locks and baby monitors.

Another highlight is Apple Health, a new step in health and wellness personal technology. Apple executive Craig Federighi said it will integrate data from various fitness-related devices including Nike’s. Apple said it’s working with the Mayo Clinic to give users a comprehensive picture of what their health metrics mean.

The company is playing catchup with its chief rival, Samsung Electronics. The South Korean tech giant has already incorporated fitness-related features in its latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S5.

Software Update:

The Mac OSX operating system, named Yosemite, and iOS software for iPhones and iPads are getting a new design, with one key aspect being better ways to exchange files.

Apple is also making it easier for various devices to work together. You can share songs, movies and books you purchase with your entire family. The lines between Macs and mobile gadgets are also blurring even more, with the ability to share and sync files more easily between the two.

Big Win for Developers:

Perhaps the loudest applause was reserved near the end of the event when Apple announced the the launch of a brand new way of coding aimed at its audience of software developers.

“We have a new programming language. The language is called Swift and it totally rules,” said Federigh.

According to Apple, the language is designed to make programming faster, easier and more secure for its developers. A Swift language guide is now available in iBooks.

Its debut impressed. “As a coder, I can tell ya, Swift looks impressive. Proof in the pudding, grain of salt, etc. etc. But what I just saw looks great, ” said CNET’s Editor-at-Large Tim Stevens on the site’s live blog.

No ‘One More Thing’:

But the most notable absence from Apple’s developer conference was any big reveal worthy of former CEO Steve Jobs. Simply put, there was zero mention of any new devices such as an iPhone 6, iWatch or a set-top box.

“For those keeping track, there was major Mac hardware at WWDC 2013 and WWDC 2012, but nothing here today,” said CNET’s Senior Editor Dan Ackerman on the site’s live blog.

Apple typically announces new iPhones in September and new iPads soon after that. Many analysts are still betting the company will release an Internet-connected watch as part of Apple’s expansion into wearable technology.

Here are more highlights of what was announced today:

Mac Designs:

- Yosemite will have a translucent design. The notification center will use that design, for instance, to give you an advance look at your calendar, weather and other information.

- You’ll be able to search for content on the computer and on the Internet at once, similar to a feature that came with Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 system.

- Apple is expanding its iCloud storage service so that you can store and sync files of any type, not just the ones designed specifically for iCloud. It’s similar to how services such as Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft’s OneDrive let you work with the same files on multiple devices more easily.

- A Mail Drop feature will make it easier to send large files. Instead of pushing the entire file by email and overloading mail servers, the Mac will create a link that the recipient can click for the full file.

- The Mac’s Safari Web browser will have more privacy controls and ways to share links more easily.

- The free Mac update will be out this fall. A version is available for developers Monday. This summer, Apple will also make a test version available to selected customers who aren’t developers.

iPhones and iPads:

- Like the new Mac OS, the iOS 8 system will have a universal search tool, to cover both files on your device and content on the Internet. It will also get the iCloud Drive service.

- The new software will sport interactive notifications, so you can respond to a message without having to leave another app.

- There will be new gestures, such as double tapping to get a list of people you communicate most often.

- A “quick type” feature promises predictive typing suggestions. For example, if you start typing, “Do you want to go to,” the phone will suggest “dinner” or “movie” as the next word. Currently, the suggestions are limited to spelling corrections.

- A “do not disturb” feature will make it easier to stop notifications on a conversation with just a swipe, while a “tap to talk” feature records and sends audio messages to a recipient so you don’t have to type.

- IOS 8 will have a built-in health-management tool to help people track their vital signs, diet and sleeping habits. Apple’s chief rival, Samsung Electronics Co., incorporated fitness-related features in its latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S5.

- The new iOS may also include a long-awaited digital wallet that enables Apple to process payments on iPhones and iPads. Google Inc. has already tried something similar on its Android software for smartphones, but it hasn’t gained much traction in digital payments.

- There’s been speculation that Apple will unveil a home automation system that will enable iPhones and iPad to become a remote control for managing lighting, security and other household appliances with wireless connections.

- The new software will likely come with new devices for the holiday season, with free updates available for recent models.

Working Together:

- Although the Mac and iOS systems are separate, Apple CEO Time Cook says the two have been engineered to work seamlessly together.

- Apple’s AirDrop feature, which has let you share files with other devices of the same type, will now let iPhones and Macs share directly with each other.

- A new “handoff” feature will let you switch devices more easily, so you can start writing an email on a phone and finish on a Mac. And when a call comes in on your iPhone, you can get caller ID information on your Mac.

- The iMessage chat service will now let you communicate with devices that aren’t running iOS, such as those running the rival Android system from Google.

Coming to Cars:

- There was a Ferrari spotted in the building, an indication that Apple will update people on CarPlay, its project for embedding automobiles with some of the iPhone’s main applications. Apple is developing a CarPlay to let drivers can control cars with voice commands, a touch on the steering wheel or a swipe on a display screen in the dashboard. Cars with built-in CarPlay services and radios that are compatible with CarPlay are both expected this year.

CBS News/AP

Latest Stories

  • News

    Support pours in for Mat-Su teen critically injured in 4-wheeler crash

    by Sierra Starks on Jul 04, 22:29

    A Mat-Su teen, known by many for his kindness and compassion, now needs that same kindness from others after a four-wheeler accident has left him seriously injured. Sam Allred has seen Internet fame and some time on the big screen — his YouTube video “Cuppy Cake Sam” went viral when he was a child and […]

  • News

    Plane forced to land on Seward Highway; no injuries reported

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 04, 20:28

    No injuries were reported after a plane was forced to land on the Seward Highway near Potter Marsh Saturday evening. The successful landing took place at around 7:45 p.m. The highway was closed for a short period of time while the plane was removed from the roadway. The plane was forced to land due to […]

  • Weather

    Weekend weather forecast

    by KTVA Weather on Jul 04, 17:12

    Anchorage Expect partly sunny skies with a slight chance of showers. Highs will top out in the upper-60s. Kenai Peninsula & Prince William Sound Expect a mix of sun and clouds. An isolated shower can’t be ruled out. Highs will be in the mid-60s. Southeast Alaska Partly to mostly cloudy skies is in the forecast […]

  • Mt. Marathon Race

    WATCH: 2015 Mount Marathon men’s race

    by KTVA Sports on Jul 04, 16:59

    Try Ustream Pro!     Kilian Jornet nabbed a record-breaking finish in the Mount Marathon men’s race with a time of 41 minutes, 48 seconds. The Spanish speedster beat the former record held by Eric Strabel by more than one minute. Strabel, who won back-to-back Mount Marathon races in 2013 and 2014, finished in fourth this […]

  • Crime

    Fairbanks man threatens ex-girlfriend with samurai sword, drives drunk

    by Associated Press on Jul 04, 14:15

    A 38-year-old Fairbanks man is in jail after troopers say he threatened his ex-girlfriend with a samurai sword before driving drunk and rolling his vehicle. The Fairbanks Daily News Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1LKmX2H ) that the man faces several charges, including felony assault. Alaska State Troopers say the man was drinking with his ex-girlfriend early Thursday […]

  • Mt. Marathon Race

    2015 Mount Marathon women’s race: Emelie Forsberg, Allie Ostrander finish 1st, 2nd

    by KTVA Sports on Jul 04, 13:44

    Emelie Forsberg finished with a record-breaking time in the 2015 Mount Marathon women’s race. With her time of 47 minutes, 48 seconds, the seasoned trail runner broke a 25-year-old record of 50 minutes, 30 seconds set by Nancy Pease. In her first women’s Mount Marathon race, Allie Ostrander finished second in 50 minutes, 28 seconds — […]

  • Mt. Marathon Race

    Luke Jager, Riana Boonstra come out on top in Mount Marathon Juniors Race

    by KTVA Sports on Jul 04, 12:02

    Anchorage’s Luke Jager won the Juniors Mount Marathon Race with a time of 27 minutes, 39 seconds. The first girl to cross the finish line was Ninilchik’s Riana Boonstra. She finished 17th overall with a time of 32 minutes, 38 seconds. Junior Division Girls Riana Boonstra — 32:38 Molly Gellert — 34:00 Ruby Lindquist — 34:12 Hannah […]

  • News

    Fireworks patrol starts in Anchorage

    by Kate McPherson on Jul 04, 1:51

    Anchorage Police Department Sgt. Josh Nolder is on the fireworks beat for the Fourth of July holiday. It’s not his usual focus, but the conditions forecasted over the weekend aren’t usual. “Fireworks are generally a nuisance more than anything but now this year, with the lack of snowfall and rainfall, it’s gone from a nuisance […]